City Council Approves Funds for USF Downtown Development

In a recent news conference, Fort Wayne’s mayor recommended City Council’s approval of Legacy Fort Wayne funds to the University of Saint Francis. The council has since approved a three-to-one matching award that will support USF’s $12.3 million downtown development plans.

The university will use the funds to renovate and upgrade the USF Performing Arts Center at 431 W. Berry St., once home to the Scottish Rite, and the adjacent building at 826 Ewing St., which formerly housed the Fort Wayne Area Chamber of Commerce. Beginning with the purchase of the Scottish Rite Center in 2012, followed by acquisition of the chamber building, the university set into motion plans to locate its business school and Media Entrepreneurship Training in the Arts (META) and music technology programs within the buildings.

Renovations will enable development plans to move forward. It is expected that USF’s downtown campus will also contribute to the ongoing revitalization of Fort Wayne’s downtown area as a whole.

Fundraising to satisfy the matching element of the award will be ongoing.

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